Markham—Thornhill

Caryn Bergmann has been a member of the Thornhill community for over 25 years. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1991 from Johannesburg, South Africa, and have lived in the same house since then. She attended elementary and secondary school in the area, followed by university in St. Catharines, Ontario, and graduate studies in Toronto.

Caryn is a real Jill of all trades. She has a Bachelors of Accounting, a graduate diploma in Green Business Management, over a decade of experience in childcare, and currently works as a Quality Assurance Associate for a large food company. She has lived in British Columbia, as well as Northern Ontario, and developed a deep love of Canada's pristine natural landscapes.

Caryn has always felt the need to make the world a better place. Through volunteering with her community, she decided that there are two effective ways to make a difference: from the bottom through grassroots efforts and activism/advocacy organizations, and from the top through government and regulation. She volunteers with organizations like Greenpeace and Evergreen Brickworks in addition to being involved with the Green Party. She is hoping that through this newfound path, she can make a positive impact on the world.

With the current political climate in the U.S., and the Canadian government letting us down left and right, Caryn feels now more than ever that all Canadians need to get involved in politics. She hopes that together, as a community, we can send the message to parliament that we've had enough of the way things are, and that we want real change.

Caryn hopes to inspire young (and old) people everywhere, so they know that it's possible to stand up and fight for the change they want to see. Not only is it possible, but it has now become crucial.

“We need change, we need action, and we need strong leaders to help make it happen. There is only so much one person can do, but one person can do so much,” Caryn says.